We each can play a vital role in positively impacting our ecosystem with just a few small, simple changes. We hear the buzzwords “go green” and think tree huggers, but that is far from the truth—all it takes is simply being more mindful of planet Earth. It’s unfortunate just how unintentionally wasteful we can be, and how these actions lead to more environmental damage than we realize.
Some easy and effective steps I have taken to combat wastefulness include avoiding over shopping at the grocery store. Before heading to the market, I make a point to “shop” my kitchen first. I am often amazed at just how much food is in my pantry and fridge. Also, when I cook, I often freeze leftovers to avoid having them go bad, or I look for repurposing recipes.
I also try to buy organic produce and humanely raised organic meat, eggs and dairy from local farmers whenever possible. By doing so, I’m not only supporting environmentally friendly farming practices, but am also keeping money in our community. It’s estimated that 50 percent of every $100 spent locally stays in the state versus 14 percent when purchasing at a larger chain store.
Starting a compost pile is another easy way to benefit our planet; it helps maintain soil health, saves on fertilizer, and keeps all that leftover food from rotting and emitting methane into the atmosphere. I had no idea it takes a corn cob 18 years to decompose in a landfill versus only a couple of months in a compost pile—now that’s eco-friendly!
A friend of mine gave me a great tip that helps cut down on waste and saves money! By lowering the water temperature on your water heater from the standard 140 degrees Fahrenheit to 120 degrees, you can save up to 10 percent on water heating costs.
Another way to reduce your carbon footprint and reduce electric bills at the same time is to go solar. In fact, the government is offering solar energy tax credits to homeowners that install some panels to supplement their energy expenditure.
This month, we celebrate Earth Day. What better time to start honoring Mother Earth by making just a few small, simple changes.
Peace and Love,
Jeannette Draper, Publisher